How to Draw a Jellyfish

In Parts of a Jellyfish – Nomenclature Cards, we learned about the anatomy of a jellyfish with the intention of gaining more respect for this beautiful, free-flowing (but sometimes painful) creature. We used The Montessori Company’s beautifully illustrated cards, which can be found HERE. Jellyfish have also been depicted in tons of different kinds of artwork including sculptures, paintings, and synthetic aquariums.

This post will teach you how to draw one for yourself, and it comes with a printable of the How to Draw a Jellyfish book available in my shop, HERE. We might get a little messy since we’ll be using watercolor (of course!), so make sure you have a rag or two available for spills or drops. The use of watercolor and salt together will give the background a very tie-dye, underwater effect. The end product is a masterpiece!

Be sure to see the next post in how to Make Magic Fabric Jellyfish.

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 Set up your materials in an easy-to-clean area.

 Turn to the first page of the book (Step 1) and draw the outline with the crayon. The wax crayon will help wax-resist the watercolor.

 Next, turn to Step 2 and draw bell (or “hood”) of the jellyfish.

 Step 3, Draw the hood margin. You’ll notice that each page has the specified body part as red. I’ve had some students actually use red because it indicates red in the book. Explain this beforehand, that this is only to highlight the part she is to focus on for this step.

 The oral arm and stomach pouch are connected, so I have the child draw the outline of it first, almost like a slightly bent worm with one end inside of the bell.

 Then show the child the “bumps” along the oral arm.

 Here’s the tedious part. Take the tip of the crayon and draw tinier bumps on the bigger bumps. This will represent the stinging cells and give the oral arm more “texture.”

 Now add the long, flowy tentacles and the curved rhopalia. The child may need to press down a little harder on the crayon so that it’s not too light. This will not be as effective to resist the watercolor.

 She’s happy! Now it’s step 7 – Time to color!

 We used watercolor here, then sprinkled salt all over the still-wet paint. Be sure that the paint is still very wet, or the salt won’t make much of an effect.

 All the painting to dry with the salt resting where it fell. Once you’re totally sure that it’s completely dry, take a wadded up paper towel and wipe the salt off of the paper. Some tiny particles may stick, but it gives it a beautiful shimmer when the sunlight catches it.

 And here’s the finished product! I just love how the salt adds that tie-dye, underwater effect to the artwork!

Now you’re ready to Make Magic Fabric Jellyfish! See the tutorial HERE.




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